The daily collegian. (University Park, Pa.) 1940-current, October 23, 1940, Image 2

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Job Difficulty May Be
Waft Difficulty
The Temple University student who has elected
to defy the draft is, to our way of thinking, a very
foolish gentleman—unless he wants publicity. He
is barking up the wrong tree,
He has both public opinion and legal precedent
against him. In the World War the Supreme
Court of the United States decided that -co.mpul
f3ory military service was not (aas
_rnest Kurkjian
claims) a violation of the 13th amendment's pro
tection aaginst involuntary servitude: It said mil
italy service is a citizen's duty.
If Mr. Kurkjian cares to cry out against the
'draft we can think of a better way, of a real sore
- spot that he and 16,000,000 young Americans are
:facing or may have to fave very soon.
We hope it isn't true, but the students who
graduate from Penn State and other colleges next
year, particularly those in the non-scientific
utay have a hard time getting jobs.
. A lot of hard-headed American employers who
'will taking on new men may not be very anx
ion.= to take on those who are liable to be drafted
'juin the army within a few months aftr they are
This is going to be a very real problem. We
knew of one young man, not in State College, who
was unable to rent a house he wanted because the
landlord was afraid he would be called away to
the army and his debt obligations suspended a
Possible difficulty in securing employment may
have the effect of forcing the Class of 1941 to vol
.unteer for a year's army. training immediately af
ter it leaves the cloistered ivy towers next June.
If it does, the draft will have fallen down iri•its
attempt to be fair and impartial. The critics of
:the draft will have plenty of opportunity to rail
.and rant. The difficulty will be a real one.
. As persons who may be directly affected, we
will discover that outcry and complaint will only
hurt the really important thing which is the draft
in principle as a national necessity. Unless we
can find a solution (which then should be urged
on the nation with all possible haste) we should
face the situation as individuals, each of us choos
ing the course that best fits the indiyidual situa
tion in which we are placed.
/Al,piyiris Needed .
Still one the draft and in connei.‘ti9n with tip:
Dhr - cce. we cart and the quotas r.elea..ted
Pennsylvania's taiabta - ol • 61,522,
it the first year means that only about one man
lit 2:1 of the 1,500.000 who register%Ft•is 'liable to
Liability to the draft will befui . ther reduced.
rjUite revEatin
by the high number of volunteers. 7 - :
For college students, who will not be subject to
the draft until the end of the academic year, the
long run consideration is more importagt. The
, draft is to be run for five years and army plans .
call for 800,000 men to be trained a year. Thus,
during the duration of the draft 4,000,000 men will
be trained. That means that, of the 0,000,000 men
registered, there are at least 13,000,000 who never
will be called. The advance of more young men,-
into the 21 year-old group in the next five years
is likely to cut this even further. .
College students, of course, are more liable V
the draft because their: exemptions are fewer--
only a small percentage are married, only Ad
vanced ROTC students are considered as engaged
in military service, and none are engaged in essen
tial industry until they graduate.
"For A Aletter fonis. State"
Auceeasor to the Penn State ea Heaton, astablished 1 904, and
the Free Lance . estalidiabed• 1.6157 - • .
Wednesday Morning, October 23, .1940
Published daily except Sunday and Monday during .{he
regular College year by the students of 'The Pennsylvania
Elate 'College. Entered as seoond.elass matter July 6. 1984.
at the post-offiee at State College, Pc, under the act or
March 8, 1879.
Editor , Business Manager
Adam A. Smyser '4l Lawrence $. Driever '4l
Women's Editor—Vera L. Kemp '4l; Managing Editor
—Robert R. Lane '4l ; Sports Editor—Bichar.d C. Peters
'4l; News Editor:—William E. Fowler '4l; Feature ,Eclitor.
—Edward J. K. McLorie '4l : Assistant Managing Editor—
Bayard Bloom '4l; Women's Managing ,Editor—Arita L.
Befferan '4l; Women's Promotion Manager—Edythe B.
Rickel '4ll.
Advertising Manager—John H. Thomas '46; Circulation
Manager—Robert G. Robinson '4l ; Senior Secretary—Ruth
Goldstein '4l; Senior Secretary--Leslie H. Lewis 'O.
Gsaduste Counselor
Editorial and Business Office
313 Old Main Bldg.
Dial 711
Min: wing Editor Thig. lis.ue
New:: Editor This
Women's IF•sue Eri;tz,r
C . : Rowell Eck
Downtown Mire .
119-121 South ,Frazier St
Dial 48Ig
Ralph C. Itout.;oricr. '4t
_ ___ Pat Nag•elberg '42
Tennve C. Stilt. , '41.?
Harry V. , thurgh, Ltobert Srhc>oloy
Dramatic Scene
Years after this second World
War has burned the people of the'
world down to the point where
fuel for its flames is no longer
available, scenario writers will be
finding fresh material from its
hells of bomb and shrapnel.
Romanticists will write patriotic
tales of fond goodbyes against
backgrounds of flying flags, real
ists will tell tragic stories of hu
man suffering, and the ever-pres
ent humorists will ferret out the
iew laughable notes, but no writer
will find a scene with greater dra
matic possibilities than that which
will be enacted in . Rome on the
night of November 24.
That scene will open outside the
wails of Vatican City, in a black
ness impossible for us in America,
ignorant of blackouts, to conceive.
A gate will swing creakingly open
and from it will step in halting
rhythm a procession whose way is
lighted by smoking, flickering
torches and whose steps keep time
to a funeral Latin chant.
The group of medieval-robed
figures, some of them swinging
censors of incense and some of
them swaying under the weight of
a sort of portable throne, will pick
its way through the jet-black
streets to where an even darker
mass shows against the sky—the
blacked out St. Peter's Basilica.
Inside, the procession will des
cend to the confessional altar
above the tomb, while the waver
ing flames of 'the torches make
grotesque shapes dance in the
darkness. There a little, robe
swathed man, leader and highest
authority of one of the most wide
spread religions on the earth, will
step from his throne and send a
chanting prayer echoing through
the vast darkness of the Basilica
for one hour.
That prayer, which may be part
ly drowned our by the hum of
bombing pines overhead, will be
uni7crsal pezlee
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- I Calendar
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Social Committee meeting of
the Freshman CA "Fourty-Four" -
in the Penn State in China Room
01d - Main, 2:15.
The Meeting Project Committee
of the Trish Man CA "Fourty-
Four" will meet in the Hugh
Heaver Room Old Main, 4:15,
_Delta Signta-Pi pledge banquet,
State College Hotel, 6:00.
bilwal Arts -Epuncil meeting
Room 305 Old Main, 7
Meeting of all voting and non
voting Roosevelt snplit:wters in
Room 318 Old Main, P:l5 P. in.
E. E. Society meeting fit 'Profes
sor Rice's 'tome, 7:30 p. rim. -
/Pe Hockey Meeting, 13eta 'Meta
Pi, 7:30 p. m.
Alpha 'Delta- Sigma, .pleci t ge
meeting, Phi Gamma Delta, 7:0
p. m.
To Be Held Election Eve -i"'
Penn State and the University
of Pennsylvania have made ar
rangements for an election eve
ning debate on the presidential
candidates to be held in the LA
auditorium, Professor Joseph F.
013rien, Penn State debate-squad
-The affirmative side of the
topic, "Resolved that Willkie can
.do more for the country thap,.
Roosevelt." will be taken by Wil
liam Harkins '42 and one of the
U. of P. debaters, the negative side
of the argument will be taken by
David R. Benjamin and another U.
of P. debater.
Letters to the Eaitor—
Piesidept Boosts
Semi-Formal Hop
TP The gcutoi
I . would:appreciate the use of a
few lines on your editorial page to
inform F. Lloyd Conyers, .alias
"Half43akeci," . that last year's
Soph Hop was also semi -formal,
and that this was at a time when
Campus-elect John Long, was
Sophomore Class President. Fur
thermore,.l am of the opinion that
the general student body of Penn
_State welcomes all rulings which
tend to equalize the social oppor
tunities for all - students, rather
than those rulings which tend to
set asid such an affair as the Soph
Hop for those who can afford the
price of a tuxedo.
Dear Editor
I am very glad to see by. The
Daily Collegian that we have a
new Chemistry Building. I pre
sume this will mean that the-
Chemistry department will no
longer need the third floor of the
new Physics Building. However,
I am at somewhat of a loss to
know why Di. Ham and five oth
er physics professors should want
to move into the new Chemistry
Building when they have their
own new Physics Building to
move into. Could you please set
me straight" onthis matter?
A. Reader.
Ed's Note: Enough said. We
Bookplates Now -
Shown In Library
. Over a hundred bookplates, cov
ering a wide range of .the coat of
arms type, from the extremely
modest to the very 'ornate, ,are
being loaned, by , the Southern
Printmakers Society of .I,lt. Airy,
Georgia to the Library for exhib
ition until October 31.
Among the outstanding plates in
the collection are those from Har
vard , Dartmouth. Brown, Yzle,
Pennsylvania, Vassar, and Rad
cliffe. Plates or the Gamma Tim
chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity
at the liniveisity of Minnesota. and
of the -Beta Eta chapter of the
.Delta Tau Delta are shown.
Birmingham, San Francisco,
New, Haven, Detroit,
_and Boston
-"public libraries are represented in
the plate exhibit.
Ten of the bookplates are those
of statesmen and writers including
Woodrow Wilson - , 'Burtop Holmes,
Brete Harte, 4110 -.N . , wtola •D.
Baker, Jr.
Alpha Della Sigma
Selects Pledges
• Alpha Delta Sigma,
advertising fratprnity,.will hold, its
first pledge meeting this evening,
7:15, rat fti Delta frateTP
itY• The 4114434 1 13 1 .4 Yd f0r4 1 41 initi
ations will hp held on Islovernher
ThP4a. accepted as pledges by
Alpha Delta g.igina include: Don
141,e4 adit,er - of . frOth, Murray
Drueic and Oscar Kranich '4l - , -edi
tor and business manager of Fra,
terrilty News, Wayland G. Hier '4l,
advertising major, rßeibert 'Cope
land '4l, advertising major, Fred
,Nalp '4l, advertising major, Paul
.Goldberg '42, Collegian business
staff, Jamej - 'McCaughey '42, Col
legian business- staff, Marechel
Clegg '42, advertising major, and
Alfred Taylor.; '42, advertising
major... . • •
' Throughout . the - year, Alpha
Delta Sigma - has' planned several
.smokers - with noted .fttansylvania
advertising men as guest speakers.
They ' will also- cooperate" with
aigaA Delta CU ltionarary jour
lism fraternity,,aad Theta Sigma-
Phi, -women's honorary journalism
fraternity, in producing an employ
ment booklet for senior journalism
students. In the spring the annual
formal banquet and field trip will
be held._
F. R. Flynn,
Soph Class President.
/. 4 \ (?4 AND HUNGRY
, , LOOK
This 4 P,Pt our afternoon. ti:k he clever,
We can't help wondering precisely what is
meant by those excellent persons who mutter
ceaselessly of "Penn State Traditipn." Nobody
has ever defined our traditions; no one has aver
explained them or recorded them. This might
perhaps be due to the fact that we have so little:
reverence about, us; what we cannot Put to "work,
what will not produce ergs and dynes, that we
destroy: Give us 'specific gravity * and tensile
strength, and yield par acre. How much is tradi
tion worth the ton; can you refine it for less than
petroleum? Will it. built new buildings and get
,Will it?? Did the old Ghost Walk?
Did the little garden in front of the old- Zoology
building? Did the Forestry shack? . Those were
State traditions, but they were useless. Therefore
they were got rid of. But we_ have pew li'uildingS.
Cold, efficient, magnificent„ get the feel of them,
but don't grow to love them,: Don't- let anything.
on this campus , stand for anything sentimental:
Because as 500n..-asTit fails to Prodi.le itsEquota oT
uses two
. tOriS too much steam pressure,' they'll
tear it down. To build a new One.
And - you ask ibout,traijition.
Didn't you know that tradition is old-fashioned
No money in it. No efficiency
So the Collegian has.corpe all out for war!-! What
a pleasant thought. What a pleasant idea, t•a , ty/
sure. S.o yihrantly original, tpo, is the line I:11 rea!
zoning taken; so magnificently phrased the ,re-son:
ant challenge . ;Tohnny - get your gun, - Kill the
Kaiser, kill Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Emperor
Hirohito, the High Lama of;?et ...'name it And
you can kill it . get a broimi •
The great brains that dream up the editorial
policy of'this publication ought to take a coiiple
aspirins before they commence rattling the gleam . -
ing saber and waving the gliiirous battle streamers
under the "bestial adversaries" noses. •They
might do well to examine the state of thiS nation.
We, you understand, are the most powerful nation
on the earth. On_ paper. - On the order- of :ten
thousand mills and factories ; there is the potency
GE the republic. Our majesty hasn't• enough nuts
and bolts. In an ope,n field near Detroit the,Cbrysr
ler people have erected a sign: "United States Ar
senal." The factory to - be built there will prodiace
its first tank some time in 1941 . .Stop by the
armory some afternoon and ask them to sell' yoU
one of their . spareGarand rifles.
"Forward the Light Brigade . . . The Hussars
gill take up the Char,ge . .. The Lancers hold our